Perhaps you have heard someone say something like this, “The Titanic was built by professionals but the ark was built by amateurs.” What they mean is that sometimes people without professional training or skills can do a better job than those who do have training.
But is the statement true? Was Noah just an amateur when God told him to build the ark? We really don’t know because the Bible tells us nothing of Noah’s occupation before the flood. It is possible that he was a professional shipbuilder and that God gave him this occupation to prepare him to build the ark.
Tim Chaffey and K. Marie Adams have written the Remnant Trilogy, a fictional account of Noah’s life before the flood, and they tell of Noah becoming an apprentice to a shipbuilder at the age of 40 and devoting his life to this job. When God finally told him to start working on the ark he was well prepared to carry out this task.
The Bible tells us very little about what life was like then, so naturally most of their work in fiction, but they are careful not to contradict anything the Bible actually says. At the end of each book of the trilogy there is a section in which they discuss what the Bible says.
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And yet even if Noah was a professional there is a sense in which he and his family were amateurs. The word “amateur” is derived from the French word for “love”, meaning someone who engages in an activity because of love, not just because of what he can gain from it. All Christians should be amateurs in this sense. We should serve God because we love him, not just for the rewards we will receive.
The organization Answers in Genesis is building a full sized replica of Noah’s ark. It is almost complete and is scheduled to be open to the public on July 7. You can learn more about it here: arkencounter.com. Christians need to pray that it will accomplish its objective of proving that the world wide flood described in the Bible actually took place. Here are some specific requests posted on the Answers in Genesis site. Read the rest of this entry
As many of you know, the organization Answers in Genesis is building a full size replica of Noah’s ark. The ark is almost completed and is scheduled to be open to visitors on July 7. You can learn the details at arkencounter.com.
Most people don’t believe a worldwide flood occurred. In his second letter Peter foretold this denial.
They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.”
For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished.
2 Peter 3:4-6
The Bible tells us that the human race grew so wicked that God sent a worldwide flood to destroy it. He only found one righteous man, Noah, and he warned him to build an ark to save himself and his family from the flood. You can read the complete story here: Genesis 6-9
The Bible isn’t the only record of this flood. Other cultures all over the world have legends of a worldwide flood in which only a few humans were saved to repopulate the world. This article contains a list of some of these legends: Flood Legends From Around the World Read the rest of this entry